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go down like ninepins

To succumb to a particular problem, often an illness. This phrase is typically only used when more than one person has been adversely affected. Ninepins is a game that is similar to bowling. Primarily heard in UK. Now that the flu is going through our school, people are going down like ninepins.
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fall like ninepins

To succumb to a particular problem. This phrase is typically only used when more than one person has been adversely affected. Ninepins is a game similar to bowling. Primarily heard in UK. Now that the flu is going through our school, people are falling like ninepins.
See also: fall, like, ninepin

drop like ninepins

To succumb to a particular problem, often an illness. This phrase is typically only used when more than one person has been adversely affected. Ninepins is a game that is similar to bowling. Primarily heard in UK. Now that the flu is going through our school, people are dropping like ninepins.
See also: drop, like, ninepin

fall like ninepins

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go down like ninepins

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drop like ninepins

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If people or things fall like ninepins, go down like ninepins or drop like ninepins, a lot of them are very quickly injured, killed or destroyed. Sgt Russell Smith, 35, told of his terror at seeing officers `falling like ninepins'. There was a time when Liverpool players never seemed to get injured, but now they're going down like ninepins. Note: Ninepins are skittles.
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go down (or drop or fall) like ninepins

topple or succumb in large numbers.
1994 Beryl Gilroy Sunlight on Sweet Water They were falling like ninepins to the wizardry of our fast bowler, Bachan.
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ˌgo down, ˌdrop, etc. like ˈninepins

(informal)
1 (of large numbers of people) become ill/sick, be killed or die at the same time: In last year’s flu epidemic both children and teachers at this school were going down like ninepins.As the enemy advanced, men and horses went down like ninepins.
2 (of businesses, etc.) fail, go out of business, etc: Small businesses are going down like ninepins at the moment.
In the game of ninepins, you roll a ball towards a group of nine wooden objects (= skittles) in order to knock down as many of them as possible.
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Now the son of two accomplished athletes left his mark on his debut IPL season for Rajasthan Royals, producing two match-winning knocks in nail-biting chases and making a half-century in a game that saw his experienced teammates fall like ninepins.
As I write this, Tory cabinet ministers are falling like ninepins - and it may get worse over the coming weeks and months as the document is scrutinised and dissected.
They were bumped off like ninepins in bundles of 10.
-- which scatters the black blobs like so many ninepins. I can't exactly recommend the film on the basis of half-a-dozen neat visual moments, but they do offer some compensation.
Going down like ninepins is not new for our cricket team.
LEAGUE records fell like ninepins in the second round of fixtures of the North East Youth Development League, writes BILL McGUIRK.
Thanks to the Orange Train and it's senseless, borderline lunatic decimation of Lahore's cultural heritage, our buildings and monuments are already falling like ninepins to bulldozers.